Lewis Hamilton’s lead at the top was cut as Max Verstappen survived a stewards’ investigation to win the Austrian Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the chequered flag at Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix but he had to wait more than three hours before his victory was confirmed.

It looked like Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was going to claim his maiden GP success as he led for much of the race after starting on pole, but Verstappen overtook the Monegasque at Turn Three with just two laps to go.

However, the two cars made contact as Verstappen moved into the lead and a steward’s investigation was launched immediately after the race.

Both drivers faced an anxious wait of over three hours to discover the outcome of the investigation before it was confirmed Verstappen’s victory would stand and the Dutchman was in no doubt that was the right call (Verstappen 66/1 – 2019 World Championship Outright).

“It’s hard racing, otherwise we have to stay at home. If those things are not allowed in racing, then what’s the point of being in Formula 1,” Verstappen told Sky Sports.

Leclerc was also magnanimous in accepting the result of the investigation and he was quick to praise Verstappen for his win.

“I gave it all. Disappointed for the team but not much we could have done better. Congratulations for the win Max Verstappen,” Leclerc posted on social media.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas (8/1 – 2019 World Championship Outright) claimed third place to close the gap on team-mate and world championship leader Lewis Hamilton (1/12) to 31 points, as the Briton had to settle for fifth place.

The second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel finished in between the Mercedes duo, while McLaren’s Lando Norris equalled his best ever finish in Grand Prix as he claimed sixth spot.

The F1 season will now head to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

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